Remember when Gov. Martin O’Malley told protesters that “All lives matter” and they pitched such a fit that he actually apologized for saying it?
This author at Storify says it’s racist to say “all lives matter,” because that makes sense.
Black Lives Matter activists told Wolf Blitzer the phrase “All lives matter” was an act of violence:
“When people say ‘all lives matter,’ it’s a violent statement,” he said, “because the only time that people say ‘all lives matter’ is in opposition to ‘black lives matter,’ and it’s the most violent statement of love that you can do,” he said. “It’s like, ‘all lives matter!’ Yes, we understand that, it’s true, but in this country for the longest time, the United States acts like black lives don’t matter.”
Incredibly, a poll shows that a majority of people in America prefer this “violent, racist” statement “All Lives Matter” over “Black Lives Matter.”
Oh, one thing. The poll was of black people.
Two out of three black people prefer the term “all lives matter” to “black lives matter,” according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday.
Only 31 percent of black people surveyed said that the statement “black lives matter” most closely comports to their own beliefs, compared to 64 percent who chose “all lives matter.”
Seventy-eight percent of total respondents also chose “all lives matter,” including 81 percent of white and 76 percent of minority respondents, according to the poll.
A poll is a vote. When a pollster asks you a question, you vote with your answer. Therefore, this is what democracy looks like.
There is a need for reform, but screaming at people and shutting down events isn’t winning friends or allies.
It wasn’t protesters screaming “BLACK LIVES MATTER” that resulted in court reform in Missouri. It was Republicans and Democrats recognizing that taxation through citation was destroying the poorest people in the state. When that was realized, results were achieved.
Black Lives Matter activists don’t understand they are doing themselves more harm than good with their rhetoric and their behavior. This poll is evidence their message, even among the community they are advocating for, is a losing one.
Good luck reaching them, though. As they told the organizer when they shut down Bernie Sanders’s event in Seattle, they aren’t reasonable. They are angry. They will shut things down.
But with each action they take, every time they show up and shut something down, they do themselves and their cause more harm than good.
That’s a fact, and facts matter.
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